Florida Governor, Criminal-Justice Groups Spar Over Felon Voting Rights

Courthouse News Service

“How do we deal with the fact that the parties here have said at some point that all terms of sentence includes parole, fines, restitution?” Lagoa asked Molly Danahy of the Campaign Legal Center. “None of the parties here, nor the proponents [of Amendment 4], are the voters and their statements cannot be impugned to the voters,” Danahy said. “I think that the voters saw many things interpreting Amendment 4 before they voted … but what was before them in the ballot box was in the text of the amendment.” Criminal justice groups argue fines and restitution will prevent many felons from voting in the near future and possibly indefinitely.

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